In light of COVID-19 recommendations for social distancing, all SEPTA meetings will be held via Zoom.

NEXT MEETING:  THURSDAY, 2/11 @ 6:30pm

Advocacy 101 – The Importance of Advocating for your Special Child

Date: Thursday, February 11  (Please note: this replaces the 1/28 meeting.)
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: by Zoom – link to follow

Want to know more about how to advocate effectively for your child with special needs? Join us for Advocacy 101, with Denise Green and Fiona Rattray from WILC/PILS Parent Training and Information Center. They are both parents of children with disabilities, and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share on the important of advocacy, understanding the special education process and how to communicate effectively with school districts.

Here are the dates of the 2020/21 school year’s SEPTA meetings.
Zoom links will be provided by email a few days before each meeting.

9/22 Tuesday, 3:30pm  –  Welcome / Meet & Greet

11/19 Thursday, 6:30pm  –  1st meeting/workshop
This overview presentation by Pupil Personal Services (PPS) provides information essential to understanding the Special Education process and is a great opportunity to ask the questions you’ve been wanting to ask. We feel it will be especially helpful for families this year, with all the additional challenges of hybrid and virtual learning. Click here for the Zoom link.

2/11 Thursday,  6:30pm   –  2nd meeting

4/22 Thursday,  6:30pm  –  3rd meeting

WEDNESDAY, 5/20 @ 7pm via Zoom
SEPTA Mtg & Budget Vote

Please use this Zoom meeting link to join us THIS WEDS May 20 @ 7pm for the SEPTA Budget Vote.  Note: Your Zoom login will serve as the sign-in sheet for official PTA minute attendance purposes.If you do not have a Zoom account, you can set one up on this page. (It’s free!) This tutorial video might also be helpful.

Meeting Agenda

  • Call to Order and Welcome — Sarah Frei / Rose Horley, SEPTA Co-Presidents
  • Slideshow and presentation of proposed 2020-21 Budget — Jim Hricay, Assistant Superintendent for Business
  • Budget Q&A — Jim Hricay
  • SEPTA Membership Unit Vote on 2020-21 School Budget
  • Open Forum / Any Other Business
  • Adjourn

Budget Links:
2020-21 budget documents
5/12 BoE meeting video
Budget proposal overview

After the budget vote, you are invited to stay for an open forum. How can we help you? Please email us to let us know what you would like to talk about. We can overcome this together, so please keep in touch and take care of yourself.

 

All SEPTA meetings are held in the Pelham Middle School Library, 28 Franklin Place, Pelham, NY 10803.

MONDAY, 3/16 @ 6:30pm – Contact Us for the location.
Vote on Updated Bylaws

The SEPTA bylaws are up for a renewal vote, which must take place by April 1st 2020.  (We are required to review, update as necessary, and vote on our bylaws every three years, and give 30 days’ notice of such a vote.)

The date of this vote was announced at our last meeting, and will take place on Monday, March 16, at 6:30pm. It will be a very short meeting, just to review the bylaws and vote on approving them for another 3 years.

If you would like to attend, please contact us for the location.

 

THURSDAY, 2/13 @ 6:30pm — PMS Library
SEPTA Mtg & Presentation: What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?

Come join us for an informative presentation that will demystify the process of finding, and enrolling your kids in, the best-fit camp/program – one that meet’s both your child’s needs & interests AND your budget.

Our guest speaker, Ellen Wylie*, will start by explaining the various types of camps and programs that exist (day/sleepaway/specialized; daily/weekly/extended; etc.) and what a child’s schedule might look like, then open it up for Q&A. In addition, Sarah Frei will have information about camps catering to more specialized needs.

* Ellen is the founder of Spectacular Summers, whose camp-finding service is entirely free to parents.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Note: 

All SEPTA meetings and presentations are open to – and offer support for – ALL Pelham families, not just our members.
Please be assured, there is never any pressure to enroll &/or purchase any services, nor are names or contact information shared in “payment” for any SEPTA presentation.

In light of COVID-19 recommendations for social distancing, all SEPTA meetings are on hold.